Friday, May 27, 2016

Muggs and Clara Mourned

Dressed in 1860 attire, the mourners of Muggs Lather Razor and Clara L. Cosmetic gathered at 7:15 p.m. on Saturday, May, 28, 1966, at the corner of Lane and Adair streets in North Judson, Indiana.  Head Mortician, James Menis, assembled the funeral cortege which was led by the “Lost Note” band under the direction of Thomas Lawson, director of the North Judson High School Band. 

Next came the hearse – an old hand-pulled, steel-wheeled express wagon formerly used in North Judson – bearing the casket – a wooden box constructed by the Norwayne Lumber Company.  The casket contained Mrs. Cosmetic and Mr. Razor – a huge straight-edge specimen carved by Merth Lake.  The hearse was guided by coachman, E. Ray Barker, Prosecuting Attorney of Starke County, with locomotion supplied by pall bearers – Amando Ceasar, Jim Jachim, Perry Lucas, Jr., Robert Smrt and Louis Vanek. 

Following the hearse was Chief Burial Sexton, Dorwin Wobith, leading the acting clergy – Rabbi Gregg Kelly and Preacher Marvin D. Mclaughlin, Judge of the Starke Circuit Court.  A host of mourners and weepers trudged over the cold pavement while the sour notes of the funeral dirge bounced off the buildings as the cortege slowly made its way North on Lane Street to Central Avenue, West to Keller Avenue and South to the high school auditorium.  The entire cortege was guarded by the many uniformed members of the North Judson Volunteer Fire Department. 

The casket was placed on the stage between candelabra and ferns.  Flowers and wreaths were presented by Pioneer Florist Jack Vanek; Luxart – Louis and Alice Rozhon, and American Oak Preserving Co.  Mrs. Robert Steffel was Decorator and draped the catafalque and surrounding area.  Seated on the stage in a semi-circle behind the coffin were Joseph Mareska, Centennial General Chariman; the pall-bearers, Burial Sexton, Rabbi Kelly, Preacher McLaughlin, and chief mourners, Mrs. Perry Lucas, Jr., Mrs. Robert Steffel and Mrs. William Button. 

The General Chairman opened with several announcements concerning the dance to follow and other Centennial events.  Judge McLaughlin then delivered the funeral oration, the solemnity of which was exceeded only by the hilarity of its content and the promptness of the boys in the “A-men” corner to respond.  (You can read the speech at Speech at burial of Muggs & Clara).  The sermon was a parody on Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, Longfellow’s Village Blacksmith, Mark Anthony’s burial address for Julius Caesar by Shakespeare, and other witticisms.  Perry Lucas, Jr. sang a solo which plucked the heartstrings of the assemblage.  The song, written for the occasion by Mr. Lamoine Williams – Guidance Director of the North Judson High School – was entitled “We’re shaving tonight for the very last time” – and was a parody on “Tenting Tonight.”  Mrs. William was the accompanist. 

As the tears were mopped-up, so that the steps would not be too slippery, all mourners passed the casket, paid their lasts respects, and laid their razors and cosmetics to rest in the casket. 

The cortege then reassembled and proceeded south to the intersection of Keller Avenue and Main Street where the burial ceremony was conducted and the interment made in the lawn of the fire house.  Such ceremony was under the direction of the Burial Sexton, Dorwin Wobith, with orations by himself and Rabbi Kelly who lamented the financial loss caused by the passing of these loved ones. 

It was truly a touching ceremony as all stood with bowed heads and hats in hand while little children strewed precious flowers on the graves. 

6/18/216 Frog Jumping Contest

No, this isn't a contest where you get a prize for jumping over a frog.  This contest is where your frog has to be the first to cross the finish line. 

Pack up your champion jumper and come to Keller Avenue by 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 18th for this year's contest. 

There will be three elimination heats: 
ages 4-6 ages 7-9ages 10-12
The Grand Champion Frog will be determined by a jump-off between the division sinners. 

Ribbons will be given to all participants.  Trophies will be awarded to division champions as well as to the owner of the Grand Champion Frog. 

6/18/2016 Waterball Fights

Gather together a team and cool off at the Waterball fights.  All fire departments and the public are invited to participate.  

The fights will take place on the street in front of the Water Tower on Saturday, June 18th.  

Registration begins at 10 a.m.; fights begin at 12 noon. 

Trophies will be awarded for: 
1st Place
2nd Place
3rd Place 

Questions?  Call Tim Jackson @ 574-780-1835.  

Sponsored by Piggies & Cream at The Point. 

6/18/2016 Sesquicentennial Ice Cream Social

In honor of the Town of North Judson’s 150th Birthday, the Town Council is hosting an old-fashioned ice cream social. 

This Sesquicentennial special event will be held on Saturday, June 18th from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Town Hall. 

You are encouraged to dress in the fashion of the 1860s and stop by to join in the fun! 

6/18/2016 Mint Festival Pet Parade

The Pet Parade will be in the North Judson Park on Saturday, June 18th at 11 a.m.  Registration will start at 10 a.m. at Shelter #3 across from the Little League field. 

Categories are:  Biggest, Ugliest, Cutest, Most Unusual, Smallest, and Best Costume.  A first place trophy will be awarded in each category plus a Grand Champion Overall. 

Questions?  Contact the Starke County Humane Society @ 574-896-5060. 

The Pet Parade is sponsored by Piggies & Cream At The Point. 

Kersting's Annual Mint Festival Ride

Kersting's Annual Mint Festival Ride will be held on June 18, 2016.  

There is a $15 donation per rider to be given to the newly formed Starke United Fund.  Sign up is at Kersting's Cycle Center (8774 W 700 N, Winamac, IN 46996) at 3 p.m. EST and they will leave at 4 p.m. EST.  

The ride will be approximately 60 miles and will end at the North Judson Mint Festival.  

Mint Festival Music Fest 2016

Friday, June 17th 
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.         High Noon8 p.m. to 11 p.m.          Hoosier Highway

Saturday, June 18th
Noon to 1 p.m.              N. J. Pickers 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.          Jim Post 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.          Justified 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.        Half Track Band 

Sunday, June 19th
1 to 3 p.m.             Get Lucky 4:30 to 7 p.m.        Junior and the Igniters

For more information about the bands pick up a green Mint Festival flyer in town. 

The following area businesses support the Mint Music Festival:  
Kersting's Cycle CenterKemlin Indistries1st Choice Insurance Services Route 10 Bar & GrillOsborne Advantage Real EstateGood Oil Company Combs Pest Control 

6/18/2016 Dr. Herb Ufkes Annual 5K & 2 Mile Walk

Registration: 6:30 a.m. CDST, Race 7 a.m. CDST

Pre-Entry $15 / $20 day of race

Meet at the corner of Keller & Main by the North Judson Water Tower.  This event takes place over paved residential roads and begins promptly at 7 a.m. CDST.  All participants will receive a t-shirt and will be eligible for a raffle for various prizes. 

5K Run / 2 Mile Walk  MEN & WOMEN Classifications in the following age groups

14 & under            14 - 19            20 - 30            31 - 40            41 - 50            51 - 60            61 - 70            71 - 80            81 and older

Sponsored by IU Health, Dr. Dalphond’s Office, IU Starke Hospital, American Oak, K & K Lawn Service & Small Scape 

2016 Cooking With Mint Contest

The Cooking With Mint Contest will be held during the Mint Festival on Saturday, June 18th, in North Judson.  Any recipe using mint or mint flavoring may be submitted for judging.

The contest is open to the public.  Prepared product and the recipe with the maker’s name and address should be brought to 105 E. Talmer Avenue (Girl Scout Cabin) located on Highway 10 at the junction of Highway 10 and 39 South for judging at 11 a.m. CST on Saturday, June 18th. 

The categories are as follows: 

  1. Desserts
  2. Main dishes
  3. Appetizers/Side dishes
  4. Youth-up and including 12th grade 
  5. Men only 

Cash prizes awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in each category.  Don’t forget to enter the contest or just come and see what happens and maybe buy a sample at the bake sale immediately following the judging. 

Registration is from 9 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. and the judging is at 11 a.m..

Winners will be announced immediately following the judging. 

Items will be judges on over all appearance, texture, flavor, ingredient availability, easily used in a meal and stability.  Frozen or refrigerated items will be judged together at a specific time. 

All entry recipes will be retained by the Mint Festival Committee for the sole purpose of potentially printing the recipe in the Cooking With Mint Cookbook.  If permission is given, items will be sold after the judging to help defray expenses. 

For information pertaining to the Cooking With Mint applications, contact- Carol Meister at 574-896-3408. 

Quote of the Month - June 2016

Signup for the Summer Reading Program at the North Judson-Wayne Township Library begins on Tuesday, May 31st, so I thought this would be appropriate as our June Quote of the Month.

24 Hour Ceremony Honors the Fallen at Knox VFW Post

 The VFW Post in Knox will be on watch leading up to Memorial Day, and they’re inviting the public to pay their respects.
Beginning on Sunday at 11:30 a.m., VFW members will hold a short ceremony with invited speaker Major James Pradke giving the keynote address. Starting at Noon, volunteers will stand on watch at the flag for 24 hours as a way to honor fallen service members.
Leslie Baker is a member of the VFW Auxiliary. She says her family has close ties to the Memorial Day holiday, and the watch is a part of that.
“It was something that when we moved back to the area, we wanted to see it be revived,” says Baker. “The first year that the VFW started doing it was in 2013.”
In the past three years, the event has grown, allowing the VFW to promote themselves as active members of the community.
The volunteers on watch change shifts at the flag every half hour. The 24 hour display is followed by a closing ceremony that sees the American flag raised to full staff. Baker says observing the ceremony helps raise public awareness.
“One of my biggest pet peeves is when people say Happy Memorial Day because it’s most certainly not a happy holiday,” says Baker. “The whole purpose is to pay our respects to those who have fallen. I think the community, it’s important, because I think we lose sight of what the holiday is.”
Prior to the watch ceremony, the Auxiliary is hosting a pancake breakfast. Funds raised through the breakfast will be used to support wounded veterans in Northwest Indiana.
Baker says the VFW post started fundraising for the effort after the recommendation of Auxiliary member Jewel Arnett. She says that a check is delivered directly to a veteran that has been interviewed by the VFW as opposed to an organization.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

7/14, 15 & 16/2016 Family History & Genealogy Conference

Registration is now open for Midwestern Roots 2016! For pre-conference and conference locations and sessions, check out the brochure.

During Indiana’s Bicentennial year it's more important to us than ever before to help you on the journey to find your family story. The Indiana Historical Society is excited to host Jennifer Alford, Jen Baldwin, Lisa Louise Cooke, CeCe Moore, Juliana Szucs, Curt B. Witcher and more. This year's theme is #YourStory, and many sessions focus on the technologies that are changing the ways genealogists research and share their family history. The conference also hosts the Family History Market and Book Fair, featuring products and books unique to your interests.

Register before June 30, 2016 for early registration prices!  July 15 and 16, 2016 in Indianapolis at the Marriott East.  Pre-conference events July 14, 2016

Michigan City Native Tapped as Democrats Lt. Gov Candidate

Democratic Party DonkeyA LaPorte County native has been named to the Democratic Party’s ticket as a candidate for Indiana Lt. Governor.
Christina Hale was announced as the running mate for John Gregg on Wednesday morning. She is currently completing her second term representing the Northside of Indianapolis in the state’s House of Representatives.
Originally from Michigan City, Hale is a graduate of Purdue University and has previously worked as a newspaper reporter and with Kiwanis International.
In a statement, Gregg says he has found a running mate that is able to build consensus in the General Assembly, and one who isn’t afraid of the tough issues. During her time in the statehouse, Hale is credited with working on issues related to crime, sexual assault, utility rates, and small businesses.
Gregg and Hale will square off against Indiana Governor Mike Pence and Eric Holcomb heading into November’s General Election.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

12/24/1964 Extremely Lucky or Just a Dud?

You just never know what you’re going to find when you do a genealogy search. While working on cleaning up our obituary records I came across this article from December of 1964. So was she extremely lucky or was it a dud?

New Walk-in Clinic Offers Expanded Healthcare Access to Local Community

healthyThe opening of a walk-in clinic in Knox may have increased immediate access to medical care for Starke County residents.
Dr. Majed Alhamwi with Integrity Medical Center says the clinic began operations about one month ago. The service is intended to give sick patients same-day access to medical care.
Alhamwi says it all comes down to improving accessibility.
“A lot of times patients call for a doctor’s appointment and it’s going to take them a week or two weeks to see their doctor,” says Alhamwi. “And by that time, they’re more sick and they’re probably going to end up in the emergency room.”
The walk-in clinic seeks to fill that gap, potentially lowering the expense of medical treatment to the patient. The practice in Knox may also fill the travel gap. It’s listed as the only walk-in clinic within a 20-mile radius.
Health education is considered a focus of the walk-in clinic. In rankings compiled by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Starke County consistently ranks near the bottom of the state for health outcomes and other factors, though local community organizations are working to improve that standing.
Dr. Alhamwi says he provides medical service at the site, but so does Certified Nurse Practitioner Melissa Grcich. She has been a resident of Starke County for the past nine years, and says patients could experience benefits in other areas of medical treatment.
“So there are a lot of people going to the emergency room department to get treated for ear infections, upper respiratory, all that stuff because they can’t see their primary care provider right away,” says Grcich. “So the walk-in clinic opens that up so they can come to us instead of visiting the emergency room department and not utilizing that in the manner it’s not meant to be used for.”
Patients are able to access the walk-in clinic in Knox Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
Alhamwi says that if a patient is experiencing symptoms the walk-in clinic is unable to treat, they are able to refer them to a specialist for additional care.

Valpo Native Declares Democratic Candidacy for State Senate

Harper HeadshotA Valparaiso resident has declared his candidacy for Indiana’s 5th District State Senate seat.
Jim Harper announced his candidacy for the Democratic Party’s nomination on Tuesday, saying he is running to bring independent leadership to the State Senate. Harper is a 2001 graduate of Valparaiso High School, receiving a law degree from Indiana University and Georgetown University.
In a statement, the candidate says he believes state government must do more to move the economy forward. In addition, he says he will work to support State Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz in an effort to help restore funding to public education in Indiana.
Harper’s candidacy follows the state’s May 3rd primary election. No candidates on the Democratic side filed to run, meaning a caucus will be conducted by party officials to determine their nominee for the job heading into November. If selected, Harper will square off against State Senator Ed Charbonneau.
His announcement for office says that over the past four years, Indiana’s reputation and economy suffered as an extreme agenda was advanced.

State Sen. Charbonneau Touts Steps Taken to Protect Drinking Water

State Senator Ed Charbonneau
State Senator Ed Charbonneau
State Senator Ed Charbonneau is promoting steps Indiana is taking to ensure the state’s drinking water supply is kept safe for future generations.
The Valparaiso Republican writes that given recent the crisis in Flint, Michigan, Hoosiers are wondering if the state has taken steps to ensure a similar disaster is prevented, locally. Flint was the subject of national attention after it was determined lead pipes were polluting drinking water. Donations poured in from across the country to aid residents.
For three years, Indiana’s General Assembly has been working to review and assess whether the state’s water supply is protected from similar problems. Past efforts have included regulations on above ground storage tanks, and implementing monitoring of groundwater resources in the state.
This year, the General Assembly considered the topics surrounding distressed water utilities. Specifically, a study was commissioned to evaluate the amount of water lost to leaky pipes. Information gleaned from the review was intended to give municipalities a bit of confidence when considering infrastructure upgrades.
Investments are expected to better preserve drinking water supplies to prevent water loss.
Charbonneau says the study commissioned during 2016 will also help determine how to invest long-term in preserving water as a natural resource.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

5/28 - 30/2016 2nd Annual Freedom Ride

6/4/2016 Pioneer Cemetery Cement Terrace

North Judson Community Center Grant Application Stalls

NJCommunityCenterEfforts to obtain grant funding for a North Judson-Wayne Township community center are being put on hold, as project organizers reevaluate the proposed site of the facility. They think a change in location may save the town some money, while boosting North Judson’s downtown.
Project organizers met with members of the North Judson Town Council Monday to discuss the project. The plan was to build the new community center on donated land north of the town’s fire station, but project organizer Bill Crase says the terms of the deal with the site’s current owner have changed. “We were working on a donation, but the gentleman has already donated one piece to us, and so he’s come to the term that he would sell us all remaining pieces,” Crase says. “There’s five parcel numbers left over there, which would be all the property left north of the firehouse, from the firehouse to Sycamore Street, and he will sell us the rest of the property for $25,000.”
However, Justin Davis, another member of the community center committee, had another idea. He suggested using a currently-vacant piece of land on Lane Street that’s already owned by the town, “A 10-year plan or 20-year plan to get something back on Lane Street is going to be worth a lot better having it sit there than a block over. What else is going to go there? You’re going to have a Friday and Saturday night, the street’s going to be packed. That hasn’t been that way in 20 years.”
Crase said the idea hadn’t been considered previously because organizers had hoped to obtain enough land to be able to fit both the community center and a parking lot. While a parking lot might not be able to fit in the Lane Street location, Davis says a building next to the site is set for demolition, which will leave an open space that could be used. Additional parking can also be placed near the fire station. On top of that, the site already has utility lines, and not having to purchase land may free up money the town can use for the local share of other upcoming grant projects.
The town has been working to get a $400,000 grant for the community center from the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs. Since the grant application is tied to a project’s specific location, the proposed change means the town has to start the process over again.
Instead of submitting an application next month, the town will now have to wait until this fall for its next opportunity to apply for funding. A letter of intent would be submitted in August, followed by a formal application in October. Since there are limits on the number of grant projects the town can undertake at a time, the delay in the community center grant application may also delay funding for additional work on the town’s water facilities.

Council Wrestles With Jail Expenses

Starke County Justice CenterThe Starke County Council has scheduled a special meeting to try to get a handle on expenses related to jail operations. They deferred Sheriff Bill Dulin’s request for an additional appropriation until they can take a closer look at things like utility costs for the building. It’s been open for a year, and extensive studies were done beforehand to project costs. The council should have findings from an energy audit in time for their scheduled June 13th meeting. It will take place at 5:30 p.m. at the annex building.
A recent change from paid overtime to comp time for full-time jail employees should also save money, but the council noted that won’t help when it comes to part-time hours. Another expense involves the transportation of inmates from the jail east of Knox to the Starke County Courthouse or Knox City Court for proceedings. Depending on the court schedule, more than one jail officer may be required for such trips. The council questioned why the new courtroom at the justice center isn’t used more to reduce travel.
The county is receiving money from the state for Department of Correction employees housed in the therapeutic community program, but payments are a few months in arrears. When money comes in, it goes into the county general fund and must be transferred into the sheriff’s budget in order to be used.

Monday, May 23, 2016

North Judson Council to Consider Community Center Funding Arrangements during Special Session

NJCommunityCenterFunding efforts for a North Judson-Wayne Township community center continue to move ahead. The North Judson Town Council will meet in special session this evening at 6:00 to approve some of the necessary paperwork and local funding arrangements, according to Clerk-Treasurer Alicia Collins.
The town is working to obtain a $400,000 grant for the project from the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs. In total, the proposed community center is estimated to cost about $830,000.
To help cover some of the local share of the cost, project organizers have set up a fund at the Starke County Community Foundation to collect donations. They hope to raise $20,000 by June 1 in order to maximize grant points.
The grant application itself is due June 10. The town will hold another public hearing on Monday, June 6 at 6:00 p.m. to give residents a final chance to offer input before the grant application is submitted. The results of the application are expected in August.

Older Hoosiers Can Benefit from SNAP Program

SNAPOlder Hoosiers aren’t signing up for federal food assistance programs, but many are going to local food banks for help each month. Statistics indicate 13 percent of Indiana’s food-bank clients are more than 60 years old. The National Council on Aging has an effort under way to close the “SNAP Gap.” More than 40 percent of seniors eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program have not applied, and the numbers are even lower in the Hoosier State. Emily Weikert Bryant of Feeding Indiana’s Hungry says many seniors aren’t getting healthy food they need because they just can’t afford it. She says 77 percent purchase cheaper, unhealthy food because it’s what they can afford. Additionally half are getting help from family and friends, and about a quarter of Hoosiers 60 and older are gardening or growing food in a community garden to offset their needs.
Weikert Bryant add a quarter of Indiana households have one family member who’s over 60, and many of those homes also have small children. The average senior SNAP benefit is $110 per month, which comes out to just over a dollar to spend per meal.
“A large number of them are also doing things like watering down their food or drink and 29 percent of older adults selling or pawning personal property. 46 percent are receiving help from friends,” she said.d
Many seniors face barriers because they don’t have a computer or transportation to sign up for benefits, and many think they aren’t eligible. Weikert Bryant says we should pitch in and help them.
“They’ve worked hard their entire careers, they’re in a position where they might need help, they’re most decidedly in a position where they’ve earned that help. So we want to make sure that they have that nutrition that’s enabling them to live healthier and longer lives to stay in their homes and stay active in their communities.”
May is Older Americans Month Weikert Bryant says more than 7 million seniors across the country get some or all of their meals from food banks.

The Circus Comes to Hamlet in Early June

The circus will be coming to Hamlet in just over two weeks.
The Culpepper & Merriweather Circus says they will be setting up at the Starke County Fairgrounds on June 6th. Performances will run that day at 5:00 and 7:30 p.m.
This is the 31st edition of the show. There is more to the circus festivities than the 90 minute performances, according to a press release.
The morning of the circus, animals used in the show are unloaded, the big top tent is set-up, and a tour of the site is offered. That tour will allow families an opportunity to meet the performers and learn about the animals and their caretaking.
Several performers, including: Trapeze Artists, Unicyclists, and Tight Rope Walkers are included in the lineup.

N.J.-S.P. Kindergarten Countdown Gets a Financial Boost

North Judson-San Pierre Elementary School’s Kindergarten Countdown program got a boost recently. The Northern Indiana Community Foundation donated $6,000 to the corporation for the program.
It will run July 18-29 and will offer up to 20 incoming kindergarten students a chance to get familiar with the school and its structure. Slots are typically offered to youngsters who have not had exposure to preschool. N.J.-S.P. will base registration on a parent survey taken during last month’s kindergarten pre-registration.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Access Ancilla Day!

Ancilla College will be hosting two summer open houses to introduce people to the campus, answer questions about academic programs, and provide help with financial aid.

Come and learn about Ancilla! Please join us for Access Ancilla Day,  June 17 or July 21 at Noon (Eastern time), and see for yourself why so many students choose Ancilla as their foundation for success.

Commissioners Decide on Courthouse HVAC Option

starke-county-courthouseThe Starke County Commissioners this week decided to go with a less expensive, four-furnace heating and cooling system for the courthouse as part of the upcoming building renovation project. Commissioner Kathy Norem says the proposed scope of work includes regulator replacement.
All three floors will be heated, but only the first and third will be air conditioned due to the design of the historic structure.
That system carries a price tag of about $70,000. Norem says the county will incur an additional cost to purchase new window air conditioning units for offices on the second floor.
The commissioners also considered a variable refrigerant flow, or VRF, unit to heat and cool all three floors for an estimated cost of $350,000. Norem says reviews from courthouses and judges that use them are mixed.
A third option for a four-coil pipe system was deemed impractical. Required electrical upgrades to the building would drive the cost upwards of $500,000.
Maintenance supervisor Jim Coad says the four furnace system has a big advantage over the VRF.
“If it goes down, the whole building goes down,” Coad said. “At least with the other system, option one, with the four furnace units, if the units go down for heat and furnace we still have the boiler as a backup.”
The commissioners agreed to work with Starke County Clerk Vicki Cooley on the placement of the new window air conditioning units and optimal furniture placement to ensure staff comfort. They noted the new units are more efficient and less noisy than the ones currently in use.
Choosing the less expensive HVAC option will also allow the commissioners to consider other bid alternatives as part of the project. Work is expected to start this summer.